Raina Telgemeier tells person stories about young girls, their friends, their fears, their families and their "growing pains". This book is no different but perhaps digs a little deeper. Catrina's family has moved to a fogg Calif. city in an effort to help her sister Maya who has cystic fibrosis. The city is know for it's ghosts and Maya and Cat have a sighting against Cat's wishes but to Maya's delight. the issues that is finally talked about delicately, is Maya's desire to know about death and Cat's fear that her sister will die. There is a sweetness bout meeting those from the past and a sweetness of acceptance. This book pushes the envelop in terms of 'serious topics' but in a positive and very pre-teen friendly way. Grades 4-7. Edie Ching
The warmth of this book is palpable, with lots of interiors of a cozy apartment and a very special relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter, seen especially in close-ups of the affection in their faces. Grandpa spends a lot of time in his wheelchair, looking out the window, waiting for Sophie who will tell him about her day and play a find and tell game. Jackson's sparse text gives us plenty of information about their special relationship and Pinkney's illustrations add depth and meaning. We learn about Grandps's life (see the Policeman's cop on a shelf), all the books on the floor, the overflowing desk....and then there's the cat, an observer/participant just as we are. Everything about this book is delightful and what is really in plain sight is a whole lot of love, something you can never have too much of. (up to 7) Edie Ching
The feeling of belonging Hee Juan once felt in Korea vanishes as his family relocates to West Virginia. This story illuminates the language and cultural obstacles that immigrants face, but it is also a hopeful story of acceptance. Each character’s emotions are portrayed beautifully in Yum’s watercolor illustrations. M.McKeron. Seven to Ten.
Three generations of women come together in this British tale of family secrets and the uncertainty of memory. When Katie's gran, who she never before met, suddenly enters her life, the repercussions of the years of her absence come flooding back. Told in alternating chapters, this coming-of-age novel describes with clarity the ways family bonds can be both haunting and resilient. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
The legendary life of the most famous of the samurai, Minamoto Yoshitsune, is recounted in exciting and graphic detail. Turner's extensive research is obvious with the pages of bibliography and notes at the end. Hinds' strong illustrations and facility with culturally-appropriate brush and ink style add to the package. Ten to Fourteen. -Todd Krueger
With illustrations that give a sense of the heat and the dirt of life, a young girl dreams of water coming to her rather than making the long trek every day to bring home water for cooking, drinking, washing. The illustrations point out the girl's joie de vivre despite the hard task that lies before her and the book is am important look at what others need to do to have one of life's necessities, water. But it is not preachy, just gives us a peek at a young girl's life as she helps her family meet a basic need.
Archer is lucky to have three men to look up to; his grandfather, father and uncle. He navigates elementary school and middle school antics while observing the men in his life and getting gentle guidance. Things get interesting when he discovers his uncle and student teacher Mr. McLeod are a couple. A timely story about growing up and the definition of boundless love. Melisa Bailey. Ten to Fourtenn. (This title will appear on the October agenda.)